Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 Offseason Needs: Offensive Line
This is the fourth article in a series breaking down the Jacksonville Jaguars needs entering the 2013 offseason.
The Jaguars offensive line was one of the worst pass-blocking units in the NFL in 2012, and could probably use an upgrade at every position except left tackle.
Eugene Monroe has evolved into one of the best left tackles in the league and has certainly proven to be one of former Jaguars general manager Gene Smith’s only successful selections. The rest of the Jaguars offensive line leaves little to be desired.
Perhaps the most pressing need along the Jaguars offensive line is the right tackle position. The Jaguars have tried several guys including Eben Britton, Guy Whimper and Cameron Bradfield at right tackle over the past three seasons, but none have inspired any real confidence in being anything other than a turnstile for opposing defensive ends. Some have suggested that the Jaguars should use their second overall draft pick on Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, but that would be a miserable decision because there is no guarantee that either Joeckel or Monroe would be any good at right tackle, and it would be an absolute reach to draft a right tackle at the top of the first round.
Luckily for the Jaguars, the crop of right tackles available in free agency this offseason is extremely talented. This may be the one position the Jaguars allow themselves to splurge in free agency this offseason. Guys like Sebastian Vollmer of the New England Patriots, Andre Smith of the Cincinnati Bengals and Phil Loadholt of the Minnesota Vikings would all prove to be massive upgrades at the right tackle position for the Jaguars.
The two other positions along the offensive line that need to be addressed this offseason are at left guard and center. Those answers may be on the Jaguars roster already in Mike Brewster and Will Rackley, but the Jaguars need to bring in some interior line depth through the draft this offseason to compete for those spots.
Brewster, who played center in college, figures to get a chance to replace veteran Brad Meester who has likely played his last game in a Jaguars uniform. Brewster got plenty of action at left guard last year, but might be more comfortable playing his college position.
Rackley, who spent the entire 2012 season on the injured reserve, figures to get to first shot at reclaiming the left guard spot he held for most of his rookie season. Left guard was by far the worst position on the Jaguars offensive line last season, and having some stability there would go a long way towards solidifying their lineup in 2013.
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